\ ˈblēp How to pronounce bleep (audio) \

Definition of bleep

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a short high-pitched sound (as from electronic equipment)
2 used in place of an obscene or vulgar expletive


bleeped; bleeping; bleeps

Definition of bleep (Entry 2 of 3)



Definition of bleep (Entry 3 of 3)

used in place of an expletive

Examples of bleep in a Sentence


They bleeped half the words in the interview! The doctor is not in the office today, but I can bleep her for you.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But he’s also supported stuff like lower taxes for the rich and bombing the (bleep) out of the Middle East. Will Bunch,, "Could a sane, not-racist Donald Trump have been a great president?," 20 Aug. 2017 A bit of a failure upon its opening in 1997, The Fifth Element—in all its bleep-bloop orange-haired space-taxi glory—has since burrowed into our hearts. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "The Gorgeous Stupidity of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," 13 July 2017 Many of its members felt the $10,000 fine was chicken (bleep) considering Getzlaf makes $9 million a year. David Whitley,, "Stephen Colbert is lucky he's not a pro athlete," 25 May 2017 And his passion can only be measured with a bleep-o-meter. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: The four-letter word Derek Wolfe never wants the Broncos’ D-line to be called? Soft.," 16 May 2017 Can’t let this (bleep) keep lingering, (bleeping) around and keep trying to hit people. Nick Canepa,, "Beanings, racial slurs should have no place in baseball," 7 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This followed De Niro's profane outburst at Trump during the Tony awards Sunday night, which was quickly bleeped by TV censors while many in the audience stood and cheered. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Robert De Niro has dumped on Trump for years; why did POTUS wait so long to punch back?," 12 June 2018 Any expletives that haven’t been cut are bleeped out. Tracy Brown, The Seattle Times, "How ‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ is different from ‘Deadpool 2,’ besides PG-13 rating," 12 Dec. 2018 Names have been bleeped from audio and blacked out on documents. Ken Ritter, Fox News, "Police release more video from officers at Vegas shooting," 13 June 2018 Robert De Niro is bleeped for comments about Trump. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "6 things you should know happened at Sunday's Tony Awards," 11 June 2018 Frances McDormand gets mistakenly bleeped during acceptance speech. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Golden Globes 2018: 7 must-know moments from Sunday's show," 8 Jan. 2018 All the big names are here: from heroes (Yaz, Ted Williams, Pedro Martinez, David Ortiz) to villains (Bucky [bleeping] Dent). Kate Tuttle,, "Finding fresh views of the storied Sox," 29 June 2018 Rubio was responding to a CNN interview with a survivor of the shooting at the Annapolis Capital Gazette where the swearing wasn’t bleeped out. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Marco Rubio doesn’t like it when people report other people using the F-bomb.," 29 June 2018 When the segment was broadcast, the offending word was bleeped out, but it was left uncensored on the clip that was posted online. John Koblin, New York Times, "Samantha Bee Apologizes for a Slur Against Ivanka Trump," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of bleep


1953, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1968, in the meaning defined above


1970, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bleep

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short, high sound made by an electronic device
US, informal used in place of an offensive word



English Language Learners Definition of bleep (Entry 2 of 2)

US : to replace (offensive words on radio or television) with an electronic sound
: to make a short, high sound

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